With three school days left and a school parents evening, it seemed about time, (especially as our little lady spilled the beans at school a few weeks back) that I made our plans official and handed our de registration letter into the school. I have used a template I found somewhere on-line, and kept it as brief and unemotional as possible (very hard considering what an emotional individual I am!).
So, feeling a little daunted by making it official, it was time to reflect back over the weekend to remember actually how well home education was going to work for our family. My last couple of posts have discussed the benefits of keeping life simple and not over scheduling children. Our little lady does her great passion of dancing on a Saturday morning, her brownies, and her piano lesson (again that was at her request). This week, the final week of term, we have decided to boycott the homework (that we do not believe helps at this age or is beneficial (takes more time away from the child to do things which interest them), apart from the reading which we’d do anyway) and have done activities that we otherwise wouldn’t have had time for, but were the children’s preferred way of spending their free time. All three spent Saturday afternoon making and creating their Easter bonnets that we love to make every year. Yes, even my rough and tumble loving very physical little men are very in touch with their feminine side, and enjoy making tissue flowers and sticking sparkly things onto hats. Having a very girly big sister has broadened their horizons no end and they are very rounded little men, loving rainbows and butterflies and all things sparkly, as much as racing around on their scooters and playing with their cars and octonauts 🙂
Our little lady also enjoys choosing brownie badges from her badge book to do at home. She’s chosen her gardener’s badge, and as this will take from seed to table (so a good few months) she’s also chosen to do her Brownie skills badge as well. So, on Sunday morning she set about doing the first task from that…making a healthy packed lunch, knowing what she’s put in there and why. I grabbed the KS2 science curriculum handbook and sure enough, under the subject of healthy living, was the topic of putting the right food in for a healthy body. An impromptu science lesson followed and she was immersed in it as it came from her own interest of doing something for brownies, rather than being told that was something she was doing today. She also increased her vocabulary and spelling ability somewhat, meeting new words such as carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The practical followed, making the food and liberally waving a sharp knife around, jeopardising both her piano concert that afternoon (by getting rather close to her fingers) and my eyesight, but I did restrain from my “be careful” a lot!! She learnt some new skills with her sharp knife (and didn’t chop her fingers off) and I learnt to let her get on with it.
So despite no intentional plans over the weekend for educating them, we have had a few opportunities to prove it happens anyway, especially when the children lead the plans. This is what is so exciting and motivating (and hugely reassuring that it all could potentially work out), that it just seems to happen. The children lead the way, and then I link it all up for them, but to three very receptive, eager, and enthusiastic little people as it was all their idea originally anyway!